The wildfires in California just keep shattering records this year

Updated 2:57 PM ET, Tue December 26, 2017

(CNN)The catastrophic wildfires of 2017 didn't just destroy neighborhoods and livelihoods -- they also annihilated records. And the destruction's not over. The Thomas Fire, which has torched the equivalent of Dallas and Miami combined, is still raging in Southern California.

Here's a look at the records obliterated by the 2017 wildfires:

The costliest in US history

Damage estimates from the 2017 wildfires topped $10 billion, said Adam Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that was before devastating wildfires tore through Southern California in December.

The most acres burned in California in the last 5 years

For the past five years, wildfires scorched an average of 202,751 acres from January 1 through December 24, according to state fire protection agency Cal Fire. That number doubled in 2017. More than 505,900 acres have gone up in flames so far in California. That's triple the area of Chicago.
Flames consume a home as a wildfire burns in Ojai on December 7, 2017.

The worst for air pollution in the Bay Area

The October wildfires in Northern California caused "unprecedented levels of air pollution throughout the Bay Area," air quality officials